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Commentary

Businesses are ready to reopen

The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier and the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce have been working diligently and with urgency with leaders at the federal, state and local level, our boards of directors and a variety of stakeholders in the community to forge forward ...

Sounds of spring music to our ears

Our region in Western New York is a very special place! With its magnificent rolling hills, expansive beautiful valleys, and majestic lake plains .... our region stands out as a wonderland of nature. With our four seasons of the year, there is something very special about our region ... be ...

Don’t let your guard down

The emergence of the COVID-19 virus over the last three months has challenged us to think and act differently as physicians and as a medical community. The first phase of this pandemic found us actively scrambling to respond to the health needs of our patients while keeping them safe from ...

Reopening guidelines need local input

Over the past couple of weeks the people of this country, and this area, have been put in front of an impossible, and in my opinion totally made up, dilemma. Either stay safe and deal with an almost certain economic catastrophe, or open up the economy and face serious illness and possible ...

Plenty of party planning

The celebratory date is May 16 and, while I’m writing this at the end of March, that date ranks high on my list of things to look forward to. She might prefer her birthday, which is May 1, and I’m not forgetting that for a moment. My calendar already has the appropriate ...

Merging schools offers solution to aid crisis

Since I began writing this column over five years ago, I’ve written time and time again that Chautauqua County and its long-suffering taxpayers can no longer support its many small school districts that place a great strain on taxpayers while still depending on large infusions of state ...